Back to School Sales Tax Holiday
If you have some back-to-school shopping to do, you might want to do it this weekend. According to the Missouri Department of Revenue web site, the sales tax holiday will begin at on Friday, Aug. 1 and will run through Sunday, Aug. 3. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by state law, will be exempt from sales tax for this time period only in participating jurisdictions. For more information about the sales tax holiday, visit the dor.mo.gov web site.
August 1-3 & August 8-10 – Second Annual St. Louis International Children's Film Festival, various locations, various times
The Second Annual St.
Louis International Children's Film Festival will take place over the
course of the next two weekends. The
festival will feature 19 films screened at venues that will include Webster
Louis Art Museum,
COCA, St. Louis Public Library's Central Library, Lindenwood
University and Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville,
August 1 – First Fridays in Grand Center,
Enjoy an evening of art, music, and culture in Grand Center the first Friday of every month. DJs and musicians present music in dialogue with the exhibitions, museum staff lead tours, and the amenities at the Arts organizations throughout Grand Center are open the entire evening. For a complete list of participating institutions, visit the firstfridaysgrandcenter.org web site.
August 1 – Outdoor Film Series, St. Louis Art Museum,
Spend your Fridays on Art Hill in Forest Park at the St. Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Series. Music and festivities will begin at and the movie will start at For a list of the films that will be shown and for more details, visit the slam.org web site.
August 2 – 2014 Back to School & Community Empowerment Festival, Chaifetz Arena,
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. in partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools will hold its 2014 Back to School &Community Empowerment Festival this Saturday from 9 a.m. to Noon at Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton. There will be free refreshments, resources, school supplies, senior services, health screenings, live entertainment and more. Need more information? Call (314) 345-2520 or visit the slps.org web site.
August 2 & 3 – Free Back-to-School Vision Screenings for Children, St. Louis Science Center,
Saving Sight will offer free
vision screenings for children at the St. Louis
from to this Saturday and from to
this Sunday. No appointment is needed,
just visit the Science Center
August 2 & 3 –Serbian Festival, Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church,
Everyone is invited to come enjoy live entertainment, great
Serbian food and pastries at Serbfest
2014. The festival will open at on both Saturday and Sunday in the
church hall at
August 2 – Friends of Clifton Park Movie Night,
Friends of Clifton Park will host its first Movie Night in the park (Columbia and Simpson) this Saturday. Everyone is invited to spend a family-friendly evening under the stars. Pre-movie fun will begin at Food trucks will have items available for sale. The movie will begin at
August 3 – The Wedding Show, America's Center,
The largest wedding planning event in St. Louis – The Wedding Show – will take place this Sunday at America's Center, 701 Convention Plaza in exciting Downtown St. Louis. The one-stop wedding shopping event will feature more than 80,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, a main stage fashion show, transportation displays, live music, prize vault, unique wedding products, free samples and more! Cost is $8 at the door. To learn more, visit the stlbrideandgroom.com web site.
August 3 – Step Inside Historic St. Louis, Missouri History Museum,
Your opportunity to Step
Inside Historic St. Louis will take place this Sunday from to
at the Missouri History
Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you at one of the many neighborhood concert series this summer.
August 2 –Free Concert, Lafayette Park, Visit the LafayettePark.org website for more details.
August 3 -- Sunday Serenades in Francis Park, Donovan & Eichelberger, Visit chband.org for the full schedule.
August 3 -- Free Concert in Carondelet Park, Loughborough and Eugene, To learn more, visit carondeletevents.com.
August 3 – Free Concert in Benton Park, Jefferson & Arsenal, Visit the bpnastl.org web site for more information.
August 4 -- Musical Mondays in Tower Grove Park, S. Grand & Magnolia, Visit chband.org for more information.
Monday, August 4 – Free O'Fallon Park Jazz Concert Series, 4343 West Florissant,
August 5 –National Night Out Celebrations
Neighborhoods throughout the City and across the nation will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5. Below is information about two of the many events planned for that evening:
· National Night Out BBQ Concert featuring Miss Jubilee
Skinker DeBaliviere's National Night Out festivities
will run from to in Greg
Freeman Four Corners
· National Night Out at the Pool 2014
National Night Out with JUMP N2 Shape will take place from at O'Fallon Park Recreation Center. Come for free swimming, tasty food, and lots of fun. All are welcome.
August 8 –Trivia Night, IBEW Local #1 Union Hall,
The St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society and The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation will hold a Trivia Night on Friday, Aug. 8 at the IBEW Local #1 Union Hall, 5850 Elizabeth (off Hampton). Doors will open at and Trivia will begin at The Master of Ceremonies will be Dan Dillon, author of "So, Where'd You Go to High School?" Cost is $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8. Prepaid tables by August 1 will receive five free mulligans. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Walk-ins welcome. For more information or to reserve a table, call Sarah at (314) 330-5715 or visit thedredscottfoundation.org web site.
Save the Date
August 8 – Professional Diversity Career Fair, Hilton at the Ball Park Hotel,
August 8 – Food Truck Friday, Tower Grove Park,
August 9 – 51st Annual Moonlight Ramble, Busch Stadium,
August 9 – Summer 2014 Soulard Concert Series, Farmer's Market Plaza,
August 9 – 2014 St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park,
August 9 – Neighborhood Beautification event, starts at Walbridge School,
August 11 – First Day of School for St. Louis Public Schools
August 11 through August 17 – 10th Annual Downtown Restaurant Week, various locations,
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Blooming Soon! Flower Sale
- 50 Daffodil bulbs = $16
- 50 Tulip bulbs = $16
- 12 "Purple Sensation" Allium bulbs = $9
- 12 "Stella d'Oro Daylily plants = $20
Order online at www.brightsidestl.org or call (314) 772-4646 for more ordering options.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events